Education journals are publications released by groups with a strong connection with the teaching profession. Just like in other fields, journals are periodicals that reflect what is new and ground-breaking as far the profession is concerned. The contents of the journals vary from publication to publication but generally, most would contain the latest research studies on certain methodologies, curriculum and other education-related concepts.
Journals are in essence like newspapers, as these have an in-house group that does the screening to ensure a high standard for the end product. People who want to be published in a journal should submit their best work and adhere to the standards of the committee who would screen their work. But mostly, there's a lot of waiting and crossing one's fingers and hoping that everything turns out for the best. It is a daunting challenge, but there are easy to follow steps to ensure that you give it your best shot.
- If you're not putting forward your best work, you may be better off waiting for the next one. If you're confident that you're really ready to showcase the fruit of your labor for an entire industry to see, then by all means, submit it to the presses. Keep in mind that being published on a journal is your "debut" to a lot of people's consciousness so a strong first impression could always help. You never know when you need a nice referral or a good line on your updated resume.
- Keep in mind that each journal has a set of priorities. If you skim through the names of the education journals around, you can see that some cater to certain subjects like English and Mathematics while some might be more focused on teaching techniques and other pedagogy-related topics. Knowing where to submit your work is a big step because the likelihood of getting published will depend on how relevant your study is to what the journal is looking for.
- Read the journals that you want to submit to. Can you honestly say that you're ready to be put in the same breath as the other people on the publication? If you can honestly say yes, then put your pride in a safe place because these journals have a who's who of industry experts to sieve through the numerous submissions. It's not a cinch and many people wait for years before they get published.
- To improve your chances, relate your work with the work of others. Research is all about doing something and also building upon something that others have already done. Most studies come with recommendations on how to improve future studies on the same subject matter. Results could also be correlated with other treatments and scenarios described in other studies. The more you show that your findings and studies are comparable to other good studies, it becomes easier to argue for the relevance of your work.
Writing for a journal is hard work. And in a dynamic field such as education, the pressure is double. Hopefully with these tips, your best work could one day be published.